'Just Ducky' music career finds a new muse

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The giant yellow rubber duck no longer is floating on Pittsburgh's rivers, but its memory lingers on.

Leanne Regalla of Ambridge said people still are watching the music video she produced about the duck, “I'm Just Ducky,” on YouTube.

Since the video was released on Oct. 15, it has been viewed more than 900 times. It is available as a free download for a little while longer, then Regalla said she plans to offer it for 99 cents.

Regalla, a musician who owns Livin' Out Loud Music in Coraopolis and teaches music to adults and children, wrote and sang the song and collected more than 80 photos, 50 of which were used in the video.

Emma Grubba, 12, of Leet Township — one of Regalla's former students — said the video was very creative and funny.

“I liked how she used the rubber ducky to make a song. I felt like her song expresses it well and makes you laugh,” she said.

“She is an amazing teacher and singer and songwriter.”

Regalla said she wrote “I'm Just Ducky” last year and had planned to release it as a single and to include it on her second CD, coming out next year. She said people really like the song about letting troubles roll off you, like water rolls off ducks.

Then, the duck came to Pittsburgh.

She said with her mother's encouragement, she made the video and sent it to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, asking that it be considered the “theme song” for the duck. The video features the song, still photos, a small video segment of Regalla and the duck and clips of magic tricks using the duck by magician David Lawrence of Pleasant Hills.

Although it wasn't used as the theme song, Regalla said Cultural Trust officials and those who have seen the video on YouTube and Facebook gave favorable responses.

One verse of the song is “I'm just ducky, thank you, I'm proud. Everyone wants to be me. I'm just ducky, I am. Look around — no place I'd rather be. I'm so ducky you know, say it loud. Everything rolls off me. Stick with me and you'll see, just how ducky life can be.”

Regalla, originally from Erie, has lived in the Pittsburgh area for 25 years and has taught music lessons for about 12 years. She has a master's degree in international business from Point Park University and changed professions later in life after many years working in the corporate world, she said.

She teaches guitar, ukulele, songwriting and performance at Livin' Out Loud Music, 509 Mill St., Coraopolis, which offers bass guitar, drums, voice and piano lessons with other instructors.

A certified teacher for performers through the Tom Jackson Production's Bootcamp for the Live Music Method, she coaches artists via her blog, “Make Creativity Pay,” www.MakeCreativityPay.com.

Regalla released her first CD, “Reluctant Rock Star,” featuring acoustic pop and rock in November 2011, and her original music appears on a compilation project, “Under the Same Sky” completed in 2008 with 13 musicians and writers.

She has sung solo and with her band at festivals and fundraisers, and has performed at several venues in Sewickley, such as Sewickley Hotel and Sons of Italy. She will perform at Sidelines in Sewickley on Nov. 23.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or jbarron@tribweb.com.

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